List of songs written by Stephen Foster

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This is a list of songs written by Stephen Foster (1826-1864) including those published posthumously.

Several of Foster's songs have alternate titles which are included in the "Title" column along with the original title. The original title is always given first.


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Title Date published Publisher Notes
"Ah! May the Red Rose Live Always" 1850 F. D. Benteen
"All Day Long" 1864 (April) Holloway's Musical Monthly Magazine
"Anadolia" 1854 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Angelina Baker" or "Angelina the Baker" 1850 F. D. Benteen
"The Angels Are Singing Unto Me" 1863 Horace Waters
"Annie My Own Love" 1853 Firth, Pond & Co.
"The Anthenaeum Collection" 1863 Horace Waters
"Away Down South" or "Way Down Souf" 1848 W. C. Peters & Co.
"Beautiful Child of Song" 1860 Clark's School Visitor Magazine
"Beautiful Dreamer" 1864 Wm. A. Pond & Co. Published posthumously
"The Beautiful Shore" 1863 Horace Waters
"Better Times Are Coming" or "Better Days Are Coming" 1862 Horace Waters
"The Bright Hills of Glory" 1863 Horace Waters
"Bring My Brother Back To Me" 1863 S. T. Gordon
"Bury Me In the Morning, Mother" 1863 Horace Waters
"Camptown Races" or "Gwine To Run All Night" 1850 F. D. Benteen
"Cane Brake Jig" or "Plantation Jig" 1853 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Choral Harp" 1863 Horace Waters
"Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming" 1855 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Come With Thy Sweet Voice Again" 1854 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Comrades, Fill No Glass For Me" 1855 Miller & Beacham
"Cora Dean" 1860 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Dearer Than Life!" 1869 (February or March) The Demorest Monthly Magazine
"Dolcy Jones" 1849 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Dolly Day" 1850 F. D. Benteen
"Don't Be Idle" 1863 Horace Waters
"Don't Bet Your Money On de Shanghai" 1861 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Down Among the Cane Brakes" 1860 Firth, Pond & Co.
"A Dream of My Mother and My Home" or "I Dream of My Mother" or "A Dream of My Mother Land" 1862 Horace Waters
"Ellen Bayne" 1854 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Eulalie" 1851 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Fairy Belle" 1859 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Farewell Mother Dear" 1861 John J. Daly
"Farewell My Lilly Dear" 1851 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Farewell Old Cottage" 1851 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Farewell Sweet Mother" 1861 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Fighting For the Flag Day and Night" 1865 Horace Waters
"For the Dear Old Flag I Die" 1863 Horace Waters
"For Thee Love For Thee" 1859 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Gentle Annie" 1859 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Gentle Lena Clare" 1862 S. T. Gordon
"Give the Stranger Happy Cheer" 1851 F. D. Benteen
"Give This To Mother" 1864 P. A. Wundermann
"Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread" 1863 Horace Waters
"The Glendy Burk" 1860 Firth, Pond & Co.
"The Great Baby Show" or "The Abolition Show" 1856 (September 26) Pittsburgh Post
"Happy Hours At Home" 1862 John J. Daly
"Hard Times Come Again No More" or "Hard Times" 1855 Firth, Pond & Co.
"He Leadeth Me Beside Still Waters" 1863 Horace Waters
"Heavenly Echoes" 1867 C. M. Tremaine Complied by Horace Waters
"The Holiday Schottisch" 1853 Firth, Pond & Co.
"The Hour For Thee & Me"
"Hurrah For the Bigler Boys" 1851 Fletcher Hodges, Jr.
"I Cannot Sing To Night" 1852 Firth, Pond & Co.
"I See Her Still In My Dreams" 1857 Firth, Pond & Co.
"I Will Be True To Thee" 1862 Horace Waters
"I Would Not Die In Spring Time" 1850 F. D. Benteen
"I Would Not Die In Summer Time" 1851 F. D. Benteen
"I'd Be a Fairy" 1863 S. T. Gordon
"I'll Be a Soldier" 1861 John J. Daly
"I'll Be Home To Morrow" 1862 Firth, Pond & Co.
"If You've Only Got a Moustache" 1864 Horace Waters
"Irene" 1854 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair" 1854 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Jennie's Own Schottisch" 1854 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Jenny June" 1863 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Jenny's Coming O'er the Green" 1860 (July) Clark's School Visitor Magazine
"Katy Bell" 1863 S. T. Gordon
"Kiss Me Dear Mother (Ere I Die)" 1869 Wm. A. Pond & Co.
"Kissing In the Dark" 1863 John J. Daly
"Larry's Good Bye" 1853 S. T. Gordon
"Laura Lee" 1851 F. D. Benteen
"Leave Me With My Mother" 1863 Horace Waters
"Lena Our Loved One Is Gone" 1863 John J. Daly
"Lily Ray" 1850 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Linda Has Departed" 1859 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Linger In Blissful Repose" 1858 Firth, Pond & Co.
"The Little Ballad Girl" or "'Tis My Father's Song" 1860 (December) Clark's School Visitor Magazine
"Little Belle Clair" 1861 John J. Daly
"Little Ella" 1853 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Little Ella's an Angel!" 1863 Horace Waters
"Little Jenny Dow" 1862 Horace Waters
"Little Mac! Little Mac! You're the Very Man" 1864 J. Marsh
"Lizzie Dies To-Night" 1861 (May) Clark's School Visitor Magazine
"Long-Ago Day" Shapiro, Bernstein & Co.
"Lou'siana Belle" 1847 W. C. Peters & Co.
"The Love I Bear To Thee" 1863 Horace Waters
"Lula Is Gone" 1858 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Maggie By My Side" 1852 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Maria Bach Waltz" 1944 Evelyn Foster Morneweck, Chronicles of Stephen Foster's Family
"Mary Loves the Flowers" 1850 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Massa's In de Cold Ground" 1852 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Melinda May" 1851 F. D. Benteen
"Merry Little Birds Are We" 1862 Horace Waters
"The Merry, Merry Month of May" 1862 (May) Clark's School Visitor Magazine
"Mine Is the Mourning Heart" 1861 (July) Clark's School Visitor Magazine
"Molly Dear Good Night" 1861 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Molly! Do You Love Me?" 1850 F. D. Benteen
"Mother, Thou'rt Faithful To Me" 1851 F. D. Benteen
"Mr. & Mrs. Brown" 1864 Horace Waters
"My Angel Boy, I Cannot See Thee Die" 1865 Wm. A. Pond & Co.
"My Boy Is Coming From the War" 1863 S. T. Gordon
"My Brudder Gum" 1849 Firth, Pond & Co.
"My Hopes Have Departed Forever" 1858 Firth, Pond & Co.
"My Loved One and My Own" or "Eva" 1858 Firth, Pond & Co.
"My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night" or "My Old Kentucky Home" 1853 Firth, Pond & Co.
"My Wife Is a Most Knowing Woman" 1863 Horace Waters
"Nee and I" 1861 John J. Daly
"Nelly Bly" 1850 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Nelly Was a Lady" 1849 Firth, Pond & Co.
"No Home, No Home" 1862 John J. Daly
"None Shall Weep a Tear For Me" 1860 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Nothing But a Plain Old Soldier" 1863 John J. Daly
"Oh! 'Tis Glorious!" 1863 Horace Waters
"Oh! Boys Carry Me 'Long" 1851 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Oh! Lemuel!" 1850 F. D. Benteen
"Oh! Susanna" or "Susanna" 1848 C. Holt, Jr. First performance 1847
"Oh! Tell Me of My Mother" 1861 John J. Daly
"Oh! There's No Such Girl As Mine" or "There's No Such Girl As Mine" 1863 Horace Waters
"Oh, Why Am I So Happy?" 1863 Horace Waters
"Old Black Joe" 1860 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Old Dog Tray" 1853 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Old Folks At Home" or "Swanee River" or "Way Down Upon de Swanee River" 1851 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Old Folks Quadrilles" 1853 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Old Memories" 1853 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Old Uncle Ned" or "Uncle Ted" 1848 Millets Music Saloon
"Once I Loved Thee Mary Dear" 1851 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Onward and Upward!" 1863 Horace Waters
"Open Thy Lattice Love" 1844 George Willig Lyrics by George P. Morris
"Our Bright Summer Days Are Gone" or "Our Bright Bright Summer Days Are Gone" 1861 John J. Daly
"Our Willie Dear Is Dying" 1861 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Over the River" 1863 Horace Waters
"Parthenia To Ingomar" 1859 Firth, Pond & Co.
"A Penny For Your Thoughts" 1861 Horace Waters
"Poor Drooping Maiden" 1860 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Praise the Lord!" 1867 C. M. Tremaine Complied by Horace Waters
"The Pure, The Bright, The Beautiful" 1863 Horace Waters
"Ring de Banjo" or "Ring, Ring, de Banjo!" 1851 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Sadly To Mine Heart Appealing" 1858 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Santa Anna's Retreat From Buena Vista" 1848 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Seek and Ye Shall Find" 1863 Horace Waters
"She Was All the World To Me" 1864 Horace Waters
"Sitting By My Own Cabin Door" 1864 John J. Daly
"Slumber My Darling" 1862 Horace Waters
"Soiree Polka" 1850 W. C. Peters
"A Soldier In de Colored Brigade" 1863 Firth, Pond & Co.
"The Soldier's Home" 1863 S. T. Gordon
"Some Folks" 1855 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Somebody's Coming To See Me To Night" 1864 D. S. Holmes
"The Song of All Songs" 1863 D. S. Holmes
"The Spirit of My Song" 1850 F. D. Benteen
"Stand Up For the Truth" 1863 Horace Waters
"Stay Summer Breath" 1848 W. C. Peters & Co.
"Suffer Little Children To Come Unto Me" 1863 Horace Waters
"Summer Longings" 1849 W. C. Peters & Co.
"Sweet Emerald Isle That I Love So Well" 1866 John J. Daly
"Sweet Little Maid of the Mountain" 1861 John J. Daly
"Sweetly She Sleeps, My Alice Fair" 1851 F. D. Benteen
"Tears Bring Thoughts of Heaven" 1863 Horace Waters
"Tell Me Love of Thy Early Dreams" 1864 John J. Daly
"Tell Me of the Angels, Mother" 1864 John J. Daly
"That's What's the Matter" 1862 Firth, Pond & Co.
"The Social Orchestra" 1854 Firth, Pond & Co.
"There Are Plenty of Fish In the Sea" 1862 Horace Waters
"There Was a Time" 1863 S. T. Gordon
"There's a Good Time Coming" 1846 Peters & Field
"This Rose Will Remind You" or "My Story of Love" Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. New lyrics by Jack Lawrence
"Thou Are the Queen of My Song" 1859 Firth, Pond & Co.
"A Thousand Miles From Home" 1870 John J. Daly
"The Tioga Waltz" 1896 Morrison Foster, Biography: Songs and Musical Compositions of Stephen C. Foster
"Turn Not Away!" 1850 F. D. Benteen
"Under the Willow She's Sleeping" 1860 Firth, Pond & Co.
"The Village Bells, Polka" 1850 F. D. Benteen
"Village Festival (Quadrilles Nos. 1-4)" 1854 Firth, Pond & Co.
"The Village Maiden" 1855 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Virginia Belle" 1860 Firth, Pond & Co.
"The Voice of By Gone Days" 1850 Firth, Pond & Co.
"The Voices that Are Gone" 1865 Wm. A. Pond & Co.
"Was My Brother In the Battle?" 1862 Horace Waters
"Waters' Golden Harp" or "Water's Choral Harp" 1863 Horace Waters
"Way Down In Ca-i-ro" 1850 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Way Down South In Alabama" 1848 Millets Music Saloon
"We Are Coming Father Abraham, 300,000 More" 1862 S. T. Gordon
"We Will Keep a Bright Lookout" 1863 Horace Waters
"We'll All Meet Our Saviour" 1863 Horace Waters
"We'll Still Keep Marching On" 1863 Horace Waters
"We'll Tune Our Hearts" 1863 Horace Waters
"We've a Million In the Field" 1862 S. T. Gordon
"What Does Every Good Child Say?" 1867 C. M. Tremaine Complied by Horace Waters
"What Must a Fairy's Dream Be?" 1847 W. C. Peters
"What Shall the Harvest Be?" 1863 Horace Waters
"When Dear Friends Are Gone" 1864 P. A. Wundermann
"When Old Friends Were Here" 1864 Horace Waters
"When This Dreadful War Is Ended" or "When This War Is Ended" 1863 Horace Waters
"Where Has Lula Gone" 1858 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Where Is Thy Spirit Mary" 1895 Geo. Mercer, Jr.
"Where We Work For the Lord" 1863 Horace Waters
"The White House Chair" 1856 (September 29) Pittsburgh Post
"Why Have My Loved Ones Gone?" 1861 Horace Waters
"Why No One To Love?" 1862 S. T. Gordon
"The Wife or He'll Come Home" 1860 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Willie Has Gone To the War" 1863 Wm. A. Pond & Co.
"Willie My Brave" 1851 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Willie We Have Missed You" 1854 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Willie's Gone To Heaven" 1863 Horace Waters
"Wilt Thou Be Gone Love" 1851 Firth, Pond & Co.
"Wilt Thou Be True?" 1864 Horace Waters